Should You Re-brand Your Career as a Leader?

January 24, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Should you re-brand your career as a leader?

Re-brand your career

As an executive, you’ve worked your entire career to build a powerful leadership brand.  You have achieved many successes, and have an impressive portfolio and reputation built on technical mastery, business acumen, industry knowledge and leadership skills.  Congratulations!  You’ve proven that you have the brilliance, drive, and resilience to be a successful leader in today’s global economy.

But now you crave something different. A new passion has bubbled up and you need a different career challenge. You may be thinking, Is it worth the risk to re-brand and leave my current job to switch career tracks?

As a leadership coach inside a Fortune 100 company for the past 3 years, as well as having my own private practice as a career coach for the past 10 years I’ve helped more than 1,000 leaders re-brand and advance their career.  In this article, I’m sharing what I’ve learned about the biggest hurdles leaders face when re-branding and tips to overcome them.

But first, let’s align on what re-branding means. Re-branding isn’t changing from one company to another. That’s just changing your job. Re-branding involves making a major career shift and rebuilding your reputation in a different industry or job role where you’ve never been before.

How can you minimize the risk of re-branding so you can reap the reward?

  1. Get clear on the “why.”

Re-branding yourself early in your career is easy.  Re-branding later when you’re an established leader is tricky.  There’s more at stake.  Reputation. Lifestyle. Money. The possibility of failure.  Stepping into a new role where you have little influence, smaller turf and limited brand cache is humbling.  It requires courage to let go of mastery you’ve worked hard to acquire.
To help yourself stay strong while you forge a new career path, get clear on your motivation and why you want to change.  Take inventory of what you could gain in your new role such as challenge, growth, passion, etc.  Also ask, What am I losing by staying in my current situation?  It may be costing you time to write that book, energy to start that new initiative, or acquiring funding to launch that new company.  Getting clear on why you want to leave your current situation will help you stay the course and take action to change your career.

 

  1. Does re-branding mean a salary decrease?

Not necessarily, but you’ll need to be strategic. If you want to go from tech exec to a marketing leader, the first thing I recommend is to research the highest paying industries. PayScale’s “Economic trends: reflections on 2019, predictions for 2020” reveals that finance, healthcare, energy, retail, construction and real estate will be high growth industries in 2020.

Keep in mind that just because you have a job in a specific niche doesn’t mean that you must work in that specific industry.  In other words, if you’re a leader in IT, it doesn’t mean that you have to work in the IT industry. There are all kinds of industries and companies that need experts in IT, finance, sales, HR, marketing, communications, PR, customer support, legal, business operations, management, leadership and other fields.  I successfully upleveled my own career four times by switching industries.

Also, target the higher paying companies.  There are companies within the same industry that pay more than others so do. Fortune’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies list is based on the top three year performers in revenues, profits and stock returns.

Finally, some job roles pay higher than others. I received a 32% salary increase simply by re-branding from a marketing to a technical role inside a Fortune 100 company. Same job grade, different role. Do your homework and research high paying industries, companies and job roles on sites such as GlassDoor.com and Salary.com

 

  1. What if I fail?

There is a pivotal moment in every career change when you ask yourself, Am I REALLY going to do this?  And then it happens… self-doubt creeps in.  In our careers, as well as in life, change is always riddled with doubt.  Fear of change. Fear of failure. Fear of the unknown.

One of the secrets of re-branding is knowing how to set yourself up for success. Since moving into a different career requires that you have different skills and experience, you’ll need to be proactive and invest in yourself to skill up.  Go get the advanced degree, training or specialized certification if it’s required. I worked with a General Manager at a Golf Resort who was passed over for several job opportunities after being laid off, because he wanted his next employer to pay for a required certification. In other words, he was being rejected from 6-figure jobs because he didn’t have a $3k certification.  Invest in yourself to get the training, education and experience you need to re-brand your career.

What if you fail? There are different ways to look at failure.  You could say that you fail if you don’t take the shot and try to re-brand your career. Let’s take worst case scenario and say that your new company, job or initiative fails. Then what?  You’ll walk away with new knowledge, new experience, and a wider network.  Failures are only failures if you don’t learn something from the experience. How could you use the experience as a stepping stone to your next career?

And finally…

There’s a kind of quiet confidence that we all have down deep inside. A confidence that comes from knowing what we’re capable of doing. Believe in yourself and others will, too. As your Career Coach, my hope is that you re-brand into a new career where you feel fully empowered and appreciated.


Sherri Thomas is a leadership coach inside a Fortune 100 company, as well as Founder/President of Career Coaching 360.  She has helped more than 1,000 executives and professionals pivot, re-brand and advance their career. As a leader helping organizations build diversity and talent management programs, Sherri has spoken at conferences and events across the world including the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Bali, Haiti, Israel, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, Ireland and Kenya. Her award-winning book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback“ was named 2013 Best Career Book by the Indie Book Awards. Her first book, “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a powerful personal brand“ was previously #3 on AMAZON’s TOP 10 LIST for personal branding books. Download “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” free video training at CareerCoaching360.com

2020 Highest Paying Jobs, Best Companies and Fastest Growing Industries to Change Jobs

January 23, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

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Want to change jobs in 2020? Now is a great time for a career change with currently 7.3 million job openings in the US, and an incredible 1.4 million more job openings than unemployed job seekers as reported in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (known as JOLTS.)  In fact, the unemployment rate remains at a 50-year low hovering at 3.5%.

As a leadership coach inside a Fortune 100 company for the past 3 years, as well as having my own private practice as a career coach for the past 10 years, I have been writing about Bouncing Back After a Layoff and helping professionals pivot, re-brand and advance their career. Every year, I provide my clients an environmental blueprint of the job market to help them change jobs faster and easier.  Below is a list of references and insights for the highest paying jobs, best companies and fastest growing industries in 2020.

What are the highest paying jobs of 2020?

Investopedia’s 25 highest paid occupations in the US for 2019 shows that healthcare dominates the salary ladder (anesthesiologists claim the top spot at an average $267k annual salary), and corporate chief executives are the next highest paid profession with an average $200k annual salary.

Glassdoor recently published this report, 10 high paying jobs with tons of open positions.

If you’d like some job security along with high pay, the LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs report shows there is substantial job growth and hiring in job roles for artificial intelligence, robotics engineering, data science and engineering, customer service, behavioral health, and cybersecurity.

US News published 100 Best Jobs based on jobs with high pay, plus strong job growth and challenge, manageable stress and work/life balance.  The three top spots go to software developer, statistician and physician’s assistant.

One of the hottest career trends right now is having a side hustle. Bankrate’s survey of 2,550 adults reveals 45-percent of American workers have a gig outside their primary job, and 27-percent are more passionate about their side gig than their primary job.  Check out Business Insider’s 7 best side hustles to earn 6-figures or more in 2020. CNBC published highest paying freelance jobs of 2020 where you earn $90k or more, and Money.com featured the 20 highest paying job skills for freelancers.

Looking for less stress in your life?  Business Insider identified high paying jobs for people who don’t like stress and includes environmental scientists, astronomers, mathematicians and various college professor positions.  Business News Daily published Top 10 most and least stressful jobs.

If geography is a primary factor in your job, then check out the highest paid job in every state in 2019 by MarketWatch, and ZipRecruiter’s 10 hottest job markets in 2020.

Indeed identified a terrific list of heroic civilian jobs in high demand such as environmental engineers, social workers, firefighters, nurses and others who serve the public.

What some fun in you work?  How about being a Lego master builder, brew master or toy creator featured on  cool jobs that pay well by Moneywise.  Also check out 10 fascinating jobs you never knew existed by RD.com such as Walt Disney imagineer, B-B-Q restaurant tour guide and sea urchin diver.

2-year degree jobs with salaries as high as $80k are listed in in this study by US News & World Report, “10 community college degree jobs that pay $50k or more.”  The best jobs for trade school graduates published by thebalancecareers.com and US News highest paying jobs without a degree are great resources.

Since we’re on the topic of high paying jobs, if you want a high pay and not sure whether to invest in getting a college (or advanced) degree, you may want to read “Education and Lifetime Earnings in the United States” by Christopher R. Tamborini, ChangHwan Kim, and Arthur Sakamoto. This study reveals that men with graduate degrees earn approximately $1.5 million more in median lifetime earnings than high school graduates (women earn $1.1 million more.)   Men with bachelor’s degrees earn approximately $900,000 more in lifetime earnings than high school graduates (women with bachelor’s degrees earn on average $630,000 more.)

What are the best companies to work for in 2020?

Is money the only driving factor in changing your job?  I teach my clients that making a higher salary may be a priority, but what about the environment where you work?  What kind of company culture and values are important to you?

Glassdoor conducts loads of research and published best places to work in 2020 based on the quality, quantity and consistency of employee reviews. This is a great way to get a sneak peek inside companies that are interested in you and learn about their culture, management style and work/life balance.  Fortune’s 100 best companies to work for is based on employee reviews, company perks and opportunities for innovation.

If you love innovation and enjoy solving problems, designing products or launching new technologies, then check out Forbes’ list of the world’s most innovative companiesForbes lists also include America’s best employers for diversity, the fintech 50 and the world’s top regarded companies.

If you want more meaningful work Fortune’s list “change the world” spotlights 52 companies across the globe that are doing well by doing good things for the planet and society.  Indeed’s top rated workplaces for veterans spotlights Keller Williams Realty, the FBI and Northrop Grumman based on more than 200-million ratings on Indeed.

If you’re craving more freedom and flex time in your schedule, you may want to work for one of the Top 40 companies to watch for flexible jobs in 2020 by FlexJobs based on the analysis of more than 52,000 companies.

Also, here is a cheat sheet of companies that are hiring, or most likely to be hiring 100 Fastest Growing Companies by Fortune and based on 3 years of performance with regards to revenue, profits and stock returns.

What are the fastest growing industries?

PayScale’s “Economic trends: reflections on 2019, predictions for 2020” report reveals that finance, healthcare, energy, retail, construction and real estate will be high growth industries in 2020.

When you change jobs, keep in mind that just because you have a job in a specific niche doesn’t mean that you must work in that specific industry.  In other words, if you work in IT, it doesn’t mean that you have to work in the IT industry. There are all kinds of industries and companies that need experts in IT, finance, sales, HR, marketing, communications, PR, customer support, legal, administrative, business operations, management, leadership and other fields. In fact, I’ve successfully upleveled my own career four times by switching industries.

Finally, another tip I share with my clients who want to change jobs is if you’re looking to make an immediate career change, then go for jobs that have less competition. How can you know which industries have the smallest pool of job applicants?  One of the references I use is this nifty little cheat sheet published by Indeed, “Industries where it’s tougher to find talent” which reveals that education, health services, financial and manufacturing industries have a lot of blue ocean and tough time finding qualified job candidates. CNBC took it a step further to add pay information in their article, industries with the highest share of job openings and how much they pay.

I hope these resources help you land a new job where you feel fully empowered and appreciated.


Sherri Thomas is a leadership coach inside a Fortune 100 company, as well as Founder/President of Career Coaching 360.  She has helped more than 1,000 executives and professionals pivot, re-brand and advance their career. As a leader helping organizations build diversity and talent management programs, Sherri has spoken at conferences and events across the world including the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Bali, Haiti, Israel, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, Ireland and Kenya. Her award-winning book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback“ was named 2013 Best Career Book by the Indie Book Awards. Her first book, “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a powerful personal brand“ was previously #3 on AMAZON’s TOP 10 LIST for personal branding books. Download “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” free video training at CareerCoaching360.com

2019 Best Career Apps and Websites to Land a New Job

January 11, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

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Want a new job? Perhaps something more fulfilling, with a higher paycheck and where you feel valued and appreciated?

My article, Bouncing Back After a Layoff, has been helping many of you re-brand yourself and land a new job quickly. So for this article, I’m focusing on career apps and websites that can help you find, and land, your next job.

The good news is that the unemployment rate is currently at a low 3.9% and the US economy added a healthy 312,000 jobs in December (compared to adding 148,000 this same time last year) in a 10-month high that shattered Wall Street forecasts. This caps off the biggest increase in hiring in three years. However, it’s not all rosy. The number of people searching for a new job also increased by more than a quarter of a million, to 6.3 million which means there are more jobs available, and the job market is tougher.

How can you land a new job in such a competitive job market?

As a leading career coach for the past 10 years, every year I conduct loads of online research and capture the lessons learned and best practices from my clients who have been hired to create a list of my favorite (and what, I believe, are some of the most effective and best) career apps and websites to help you quickly and easily find those high quality job openings. These are the same resources that I share with my clients.

Where to find real, current, updated job openings?

One of the biggest frustrations my clients come to me with is how to navigate through the thousands of websites promoting job openings. Below is a list of, what I believe, are the best career apps and websites to find job openings. I recommend checking these sites often, as well as setting up your own personal job search agent to alert you when a job matching your criteria becomes available. There are three powerhouses for job search sites including –

  • Glassdoor – Glassdoor has tons of new job postings every day and allows you to search by job title, key responsibilities, company and location. The site also gives you a behind-the-curtain peek into what it’s like working inside that company by featuring employee reviews of a company’s culture, CEO ratings and salary information. Check out the cool “Know Your Worth” section that includes a personalized salary calculator.  Simply sign up (it’s free!) and you have a treasure trove of research and reference materials at your fingertips.

 

  • Indeed – The majority of my clients get hired off of Indeed. This is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for aggregating listings from a variety of job boards, online news sites and company websites. An advanced search function provides a few more filters than Glassdoor, and allows you to drill down on a location, keyword and salary range. Indeed says it has 250 million unique visitors each month and is available in 60 countries and 28 languages.

 

  • LinkedIn – I strongly believe that everyone should have a profile on this site (not just when you’re in the market for a new job.) LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the internet. This means that recruiters, hiring managers, and professionals in all industries across 200 countries are on LinkedIn to expand their network, advertise jobs and recruit you. DMR reported 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet candidates.

 

LinkedIn helps you find jobs, and helps recruiters and hiring mangers find you! To view job openings, simply go to your home page and click the “jobs” tab towards the top of the page to search by job title, keyword, company, or use the advanced search to include additional criteria. Scroll down to see job openings, companies hiring, plus those in your network who have worked inside those organizations. For tips on creating a powerful profile, I love this article by Amanda Zantal-Winer @amanda_zw29 LinkedIn Tips for Professional Networking, Business and Marketing and Jon Shield’s article, “The only way Recruiters will find you on LinkedIn.”

One more job search site that I recommend for everyone is LinkUp.com which only features jobs from company websites. This means that it has fewer job openings than the three powerhouses above; however, those openings are more likely to be fresh and current.

Niche job sites…

SmartRecruiters reports that 62% of jobs are posted on niche job boards and their list of Best 50 Niche Job Boards is a great reference. Theoretically, the powerhouse sites above should feature job openings from the niche job boards, however, I still recommend adding a few of these sites to your research list. Niche job boards go deep into finding openings in a specific industry or job role.

For example, if you’re an executive then you may want to bookmark ExecuNet and the Ladders for high paying job openings. If you’re a techie, then check out DiceCrunchBoardor TechFetch. For sales visit SalesGravy and SalesHeads. Try Healthcare Jobsite for openings in healthcare.  MediaBistro is well known for journalism, P.R. and social media jobs.  WayUp specializes in entry-level and internships. VirtualVocations for telecommuting jobs. Other popular niche job boards include: DiversityJobs,  Energy JoblineEnvironmental Career OpportunitiesIdealist.com, and StarChefs JobFinder.

Freelance gigs…

Craving freedom in your career or just want more cash in your pocket? According to a study from the Freelancers Union, more than 57 million people in the U.S. are freelancing. You may want to join the gig economy of freelancers and short-term contractors by posting your job profile on sites like these –

  • Accenture says it partners with 92% of the Fortune Global 100 companies to provide management and technology consultants in 13 industries including: strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. They serve clients in 120 countries and have made 15 consecutive appearances in Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list.

 

  • Freelancer is a global marketplace which allows potential employers to post jobs that freelancers can then bid to complete. The site boasts up to 7,000 new jobs posted daily across 247 countries, with the most popular jobs being website development, data entry, copywriting and graphic design.

 

  • UpWork says it posts 3-million part-time, short-term and freelance gigs annually, and their pool of freelancers are earning more than $1 billion via the site each year by providing companies with over 3,500 skills. For designers, creatives, programmers, developers, and a variety of other business services skills.

There are loads of other sites that can put some cash in your pocket and some include: CoolWorks.com for jobs at national parks, ski resorts and retreat centers; Fiverr for creative and digital services gigs such as graphic design, copywriting, voice overs, and music and film editing; and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for small tasks. Here’s a great post by Kenneth Kiesnoski (@KKiesnoski) if you’re retired and looking to work part time.

Another helpful resource is Money.com’s recent article, “The 20 Highest-Paying Job Skills for Freelancers Right Now”.

Finally – there are loads of great job sites available and these are just a few. I recommend doing some research to customize a job list that fits your job role and requirements, but the sites above should give you a good head start.

In future articles, I’ll share my favorite resources and tips to help you land your dream job by getting more job leads, referrals and recommendations, as well as how to create a stellar resume and how to nail your job interviews. But for now, I hope this article helps you get one step closer to landing your dream job.


About the author

Sherri Thomas is a Career Strategist, international speaker, award-winning author, and President of Career Coaching 360 (www.CareerCoaching360.com). She’s helped thousands of executives and professionals change, re-brand, advance and take their career in a whole new direction. Author of the award-winning book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories and strategies to you help you bounce back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” which was named 2013 best career book by Indie Book Awards and “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a Powerful Personal Brand”. Sherri is regularly interviewed for her career strategies published in the Washington Post, the Wall St Journal, TIME Magazine, Smart Money magazine, the New York Daily Post, Investors Business Daily, and many others.

 

Sherri is a champion of helping others thrive and live in their best career. As a keynote speaker, she’s spoken at conferences and events around the world including the United States, Malaysia, Israel, Ireland, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam and Kenya. Throughout her career, Sherri has worked for three Fortune 500 Companies overseeing and holding various positions in marketing, IT, management training and development, and global communications. She successfully reinvented herself and transitioned into various job roles and industries including television, radio, finance, and high tech. Sherri’s website offers free video training, “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at www.CareerCoaching360.com

2018 Best Career Apps & Websites To Land Your New Job

February 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Dreaming of a new job? Perhaps something more meaningful, fulfilling and with a beefier paycheck?

If you said, Yes, then the timing couldn’t be better.  The unemployment rate is currently hovering at a low 4.1% and the US Economy added a healthy 148,000 jobs last month (mostly in the construction, healthcare, leisure & hospitality and manufacturing industries.

My last article in Huffington Post, 2017 Highest Paying Jobs, Best Companies and Fastest Growing Industries, has been helping many of you identify the best job role, companies and industries to work.  So for this article, I’m focusing on which career apps and websites can help you find your new job.

As you probably know, it can be daunting navigating through a bazillion career websites, job boards and niche communities touting their latest and greatest job openings. As a leading career coach for the past 10 years, I even get overwhelmed!  So every year I conduct loads of online research and capture the lessons learned and best practices from my clients to create a list of my favorite (and what, I believe, are some of the most effective and best) career apps and websites to help you quickly and easily find those high quality job openings.

Where can you find your dream job?

To find real-time job openings, try LinkUp.com.  This site only features jobs from company websites which means that it provides a smaller pool of job openings; however, those openings are more likely to be fresh and current.

I also recommend regularly checking out these three powerhouse job search sites (and setting up your own personal job search agent for each site) to help you find more job openings –

  • Glassdoor – In my opinion, Glassdoor is the best site for your job search. It has tons of new job postings every day, and allows you to search by job title, key responsibilities, company and location. As a bonus, you can get insight into what it would be like working for a company by reading employee reviews on the company’s culture, CEO ratings, salary information and even job interviewing reviews to help you prepare for an upcoming interview. Simply sign up (it’s free!) and you have a treasure trove of research and reference materials at your fingertips.

 

  • Indeed – The majority of my clients get hired off of Indeed. This is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for surveying listings since it aggregates information from a variety of job boards, online news sites and company websites. An advanced search function provides a few more filters than Glassdoor, and allows you to drill down on a location, keyword and salary range. Indeed says it has 200 million unique visitors each month and is available in 60 countries and 28 languages.

 

  • LinkedIn – Recruiters and hiring managers love this site. As of April 2017, LinkedIn had 500 million members in 200 countries, out of which more than 106 million members are active. A 2015 Recruiter Nation report by Jobvite shows that 87% of recruiters are using LinkedIn (the most popular social media networking site for recruiters) to seek out job candidates.

LinkedIn allows you to post a free profile, publish your resume and connect with other professionals. It also allows you to search for jobs, and then shows you those in your network who are currently working, or have worked, inside that organization. This makes it easier for you to find (and hopefully get) referrals which is the #1 way job candidates land a job!

You can search job openings on LinkedIn by going to your home page and clicking the “jobs” tab towards the top of the page. Search by job title, keyword, company, or use the advanced search to include additional criteria. Be sure to scroll down to view job openings and companies hiring, as well as those in your network who have worked inside those organizations. For more tips, I love this article by Amanda Zantal-Winer, 29 LinkedIn Tips for Professional Networking, Business and Marketing.

Niche job sites…

SmartRecruiters.com reports that 62-percent of jobs are posted on niche job boards. Do yourself a favor and invest some time researching their Best 50 Niche Job Boards list (which was updated in December 2017.) This doesn’t need to overwhelm you.  Schedule an hour into your calendar to review the list, research the sites, and bookmark those sites with jobs that most closely align to your skills, passions and career goals.

For example, if you’re an executive looking for a new job then check out ExecuNet which features job openings starting at $150,000 annual salary and the Ladders with salaries of $80,000 and above. If you want to land a job in technology then bookmark Dice.  If you’re looking for a sales job then check out SalesGravy and SalesHeads. For healthcare jobs visit Healthcare Jobsite.  For a new gig in journalism, P.R. or social media try Media Bistro. Or, check out WayUp if you’re looking for an entry-level job or internship.

Freelance gigs…

Craving more freedom and control in your career?  You may want to promote your expertise by becoming a freelancer or consultant. Try posting your skills and experience on sites like these –

Accenture partners with more than 75% of the Fortune Global 500 companies to provide strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. They serve clients in 120 countries and have made 15 consecutive appearances in Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list.

Freelancer is a global marketplace which allows potential employers to post jobs that freelancers can then bid to complete. The site boasts completing +13-million freelancing jobs to date with a 95% re-hire rate in jobs for graphics & design, websites & IT, writing & content, sales & marketing, and engineering and science.

UpWork says it posts 3-million part-time, short-term and freelance gigs annually, and their pool of freelancers are earning more than $1 billion via the site each year by providing companies with over 3,500 skills. For designers, creatives, programmers, developers, and a variety of other business services skills.

Other sites that can put some cash in your pocket include: Uber, Lyft, SnagaJob, TaskRabbit, Postmates and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for small tasks. These sites offer marketplaces for anyone wanting to get hired as a driver, mover, courier, cleaner and basic chore-doer.

One final note – the career apps and websites listed above are great resources to help you find your next job. I recommend creating a job search agent on those sites you like so that you’ll spend less time searching and more time receiving instant notifications about jobs that interest you.

In future articles, I’ll share my favorite resources and tips to help you land your dream job by getting more job leads, referrals and recommendations, as well as tools to create a stellar resume, resume format tips, and how to nail your job interviews. But for now, I hope this article helps you get one step closer to landing your dream job.


About the author

 Sherri Thomas is a Career Strategist, international speaker, award-winning author, and President of Career Coaching 360 (www.CareerCoaching360.com). She’s helped thousands of executives and professionals change, re-brand, advance and take their career in a whole new direction. Author of the award-winning book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories and strategies to you help you bounce back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” which was named 2013 best career book by Indie Book Awards and “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a Powerful Personal Brand”. Sherri is regularly interviewed for her career strategies published in the Washington Post, the Wall St Journal, TIME Magazine, Smart Money magazine, the New York Daily Post, Investors Business Daily, and many others.

Sherri is a champion of helping others thrive and live in their best career. As a keynote speaker, she’s spoken at conferences and events around the world including the United States, Malaysia, Israel, Ireland, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam and Kenya. Throughout her career, Sherri has worked for three Fortune 500 Companies overseeing and holding various positions in marketing, IT, management training and development, and global communications. She successfully reinvented herself and transitioned into various job roles and industries including television, radio, finance, and high tech. Sherri’s website offers free video training, “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at www.CareerCoaching360.com

2017 Best Career Apps & Websites to Find Your New Job

February 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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Serious about landing a new job this year? Or at least, landing a more fulfilling and higher paying job than the one you’re in now?

If you said, Yes, then let’s do it! My last article in Huffington Post, 2017 Highest Paying Jobs, Best Companies and Fastest Growing Industries, has been helping many of you identify the best job role, companies and industries where you to work.

In this article, I’m focusing on where to find your new job.

As you probably know, it can be daunting navigating through a bazillion career websites, job boards and niche communities touting the latest and greatest job openings. As a leading career coach, I even get overwhelmed! Never-the-less, every year I conduct loads of online research and capture the lessons learned and best practices from my clients to create a list of my favorite (and what, I believe, are some of the most effective and best) career apps and websites to help you find your dream job.

Where can you find your dream job?

1. Glassdoor – In my opinion, Glassdoor is the best place to start your job search. It has tons of new jobs added every day, and allows you to search by job title, key responsibilities, company or location. Plus, it provides employee reviews on company culture, senior leaders and salary information to give you a leg up on negotiating your salary. Simply sign up (it’s free!) and you have a bucket load of research and reference materials at your fingertips. Reviews.com said it best, “Glassdoor gives you both the info you need to find job opportunities and the context to see if it’s a good fit for you too.”

2. Indeed – The majority of my clients get hired off of Indeed. This is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for surveying listings, since it aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. An advanced search function provides a few more filters than Glassdoor, and allows you to drill down on a location, keyword and salary range. Indeed says it has 200 million unique visitors month and is available in 60 countries and 28 languages.

3. LinkedIn – Recruiters and hiring managers love this site. A 2015 Recruiter Nation report by Jobvite shows that 87% of recruiters are using LinkedIn (the most popular social media networking site for recruiters) to seek out job candidates. You can post a free profile so that recruiters can check you out. Another key advantage is that LinkedIn allows you to search for jobs and then shows those in your network who are currently working, or have worked, inside that organization. This makes it easier for you to find (and hopefully get) referrals which is the #1 way job candidates land a job!

Search job openings on LinkedIn by going to your home page and clicking the “jobs” tab towards the top of the page. You can search by job title, keyword, company, or use the advanced search to include additional criteria. Be sure to scroll down to view job openings and companies hiring, as well as those in your network who have worked inside those organizations. For more tips, I love this article by Pamela Vaughan, 35 LinkedIn Tips for Professional Networking, Business and Marketing.

Niche job sites…

SmartRecruiters.com reports that 62-percent of jobs are posted on niche job boards. Do yourself a favor and invest some time researching their Best 50 Niche Job Boards list. Be sure to bookmark those sites with jobs that most closely align to your skills, passions and career goals.

For example, The Ladders features executive and management jobs that pay $80,000 and above salaries. This site also has a nifty Resume Reviewer which can analyze your resume for key words, grammar and any missing information.

If you want to land a job in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math), then bookmark Dice. If you want to find jobs in journalism, P.R. or social media then try Media Bistro. If you’d like to work for a non-profit organization in the U.S. then bookmark Idealist. Or, if you’re a student or young professional, check out Internships for global organizations with paid internships.

Freelance gigs…

Want to earn some extra cash or have more freedom and flexibility in your career? You can become a freelancer or consultant by posting your skills and experience on these sites and then sit back and let the jobs come to you!

• Accenture has been on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the past 8 consecutive years as a Fortune Global 500 company that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. Check out Accenture Consulting and Forbes review Accenture’s Management Consulting Division.

Freelancer has posted almost 11 million freelancing jobs to date worth $3+ billion in 600 categories including website development, mobile apps, software architecture, internet marketing, and more.

UpWork says it posts 3 million part-time, short-term and freelance gigs annually worth $1 billion. For designers, creatives, programmers, developers, and a variety of other business services skills.

OnForce specializes in IT, OEM & POS support, as well as consume electronic installation and repairs.

Other sites that can put some cash in your pocket include: Uber, SnagaJob, TaskRabbit, and Postmates. These sites offer marketplaces for anyone wanting to get hired as a driver, mover, courier, cleaner and basic chore-doer.

Tip – the career apps and websites listed above are great resources to help you find your next job. I recommend creating a job search agent on those sites you like so that you’ll spend less time searching and more time receiving instant notifications of jobs that interest you.

In future articles, I’ll share my favorite resources and tips to help you land your dream job by getting more job leads, referrals and recommendations, as well as how to create a stellar resume and how to nail your job interviews. But for now, I hope this article helps you get one step closer to landing your dream job.

2017 Highest Paying Jobs, Hottest Companies and Fastest Growing Industries

January 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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Want a new job? A new career filled with purpose, job growth and a beefy paycheck? According to a recent article published on Money.com, Why 2017 is Going to be the Best Job Market in Years, now is the time to land your dream job.

With the unemployment rate hovering near a low 5 percent, companies hiring an average of 284,000 employees per month over the past 3 months (the best 3-month pace in a year), and Salary.com reporting in a special 2016-2017 National Increase Budget Survey that the #1 concern for companies is scarcity of talent – there has been no better time for you to make a career change.
What are the best jobs of 2017?

That depends. If you rate “best job” as having great pay, lower stress, job growth, and work/life balance then check out U.S. News’ list of the 100 Best Jobs of 2017 where jobs in the healthcare industry dominate the top 10 list. CNN/Money/PayScale’s 100 Best Jobs in America for 2017 ranks the top 3 jobs as mobile app developer, risk manager and land manager who is the liaison between energy companies, people who own mineral rights to properties, and government agencies.

If you want to know the “best jobs” as rated by employee reviews, then check out GlassDoor.com 2017 Best Places To Work where Data Scientist tops the list with high job satisfaction, 1,736 current job openings and a mean base salary of $116,840.

Want a better lifestyle? (Ahh, imagine being able to slow down long enough to enjoy a lifestyle ) U.S. News just published 25 Best Jobs That Pay More Than $100K featuring surgeon, petroleum engineer and lawyer at the top to the list. Also, check out Business Insider’s 20 Best High-Paying Jobs in America for 2017.

Want a career with more meaning and purpose? Check out Fortune’s Change the World ranking of top 50 companies that make the world a better place by delivering a positive social impact and have an annual revenue of $1 billion or more.

Want a fun job (with an albeit small paycheck)? How about becoming a Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Guru starting at $40k per year, or a private island caretaker for $15 – $45 per hour? I also love this list by Thrillest.com 17 Dream Jobs that Seem Way Too Good to be True.

Best Jobs – College degree not necessarily required – CareerBuilder and Emsi used a variety of national and state employment resources as well as online job postings to come up with their list of 2017’s best jobs.

What are the best companies to work for in 2017?

Having a job that you actually enjoy doing is important, and so is fitting in with the company’s culture. Actually, being able to mesh in with the company’s culture is a HUGE part of job satisfaction.

Want to know which companies have the happiest employees? Fortune’s Top 100 Companies to Work For list is ranked by pay and benefits, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts, as well as employee ratings of their company’s management credibility and overall job satisfaction.

If you’d like to work for an organization that respects your heritage, beliefs and lifestyle, then you may want to work for an organization on Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity.

If you have a deep desire to solve problems, design solutions or launch new technologies, then check out Forbes’ list of Top 20 Most Innovative Growth Companies.

Want a cheat sheet of companies that are hiring, or most likely to be hiring? Fortune published 100 Fastest Growing Companies based on 3 years of performance with regards to revenue, profits and stock returns.

What are the fastest growing industries?

Many times, job changers stop their career short because they think they can’t switch industries like going from the mortgage industry to technology, or from retail to social media. Ahh, not necessarily so Grasshopper. Many transferable skills transition from industry to industry including managing projects or people, negotiating contracts, analyzing data, creating marketing campaigns, as well as many IT, manufacturing, sales and finance jobs.

In fact, in my own career I’ve switched industries four times and each time with a higher paycheck. So what are the fastest growing industries?
According to Business News Daily, the 20 Fastest Growing Industries include electronic shopping, translation services, and healthcare services. Forbes (as reported by Factset), published the Most Profitable Industries in 2016 which showcases pharmaceuticals, investments, tobacco, internet software/services and biotechnology.

If you’re thinking about becoming a business owner or entrepreneur, then be sure to check out Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2016 featured in Inc magazine.

What are the highest paying cities?

Location. Location. Location. If you’re just plain stuck in your career because there aren’t any jobs in your area, then it may be time to pack up the kids and Fido and head to a new town. Check out CareerBuilder.com’s list of Best and Worst Cities for Jobs. Moving your family from Chicago to Phoenix might be the best thing you can do for your career and lifestyle.

Here’s to landing your dream job in 2017 🙂

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Leading Career Coach Sherri Thomas Leading Career Coach Sherri ThomasSherri Thomas is a Career Strategist. She teaches others how to think differently and more proactively in their career. Her book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” was named “Best Career Book” by the Indie Book Awards. Her first book, “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a powerful personal brand” has been #3 on AMAZON’s TOP 10 LIST for personal branding books. As the Founder/President of Career Coaching 360, Sherri teaches training professionals, managers and executives how to change, reinvent or advance their career. Sign up for her new 3-part free video training series “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at CareerCoaching360.com

The #1 New Year’s Resolution to Land Your Dream Job

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Want to land your dream job in 2017?  Last week I was interviewed for an article in Jobs2Careers and asked, “What is the #1 New Year’s resolution you should make this year and actually keep?”

For me, the answer is simple.  I invest in myself every single week.

Since I have a full-time corporate job, as well as my own successful career coaching practice helping others land their dream job, I don’t have time to make resolutions that I’ll never keep.  But this is ONE new year’s resolution that I make (and achieve) every year.

Just as financial advisers tell us to pay ourselves first in order to have a strong financial portfolio, I make it a habit to invest in myself every week to ensure I have a strong sense of purpose, fulfillment and get closer to achieving my personal mission.

If you’re not sure where or how to invest in yourself, then ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What’s the next thing you want to learn?
    Block out time on your calendar to conduct research, read, learn, watch TED videos, or talk to others.  Learning something new can deepen an area of expertise, change the way you think and even take you in a whole new direction.
  2.  Who inspires you?  
    Connect yourself to those who motivate and energize you.  Offer to help them with a project or support them in their personal mission. They will become your greatest champions in overcoming fear, charting new territory and realizing your dreams.
  3. Where do you ultimately want to go in your career (or at least the next stop on your career journey)?
    Put a stake in the ground and envision the kind of work you want to be doing and the type of environment and organization where you want to work.

Give yourself time and space to answer each of these questions.  See what unfolds.  We’re not meant to stay in the same job forever.  We’re meant to morph, leap, fall, stretch, grow and bounce.  When you invest your time and energy every week in these three areas, your career will find its natural flow and become effortless.

Bouncing Back after Your LayOff

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It’s natural to sit back and think that others have it easy in their career. A free pass to a cushy career. A continuous flow of promotions, status, influence and money. But what I’ve learned as a leading Career Coach is that nobody has a free pass. Nobody. Everyone has breakdowns, meltdowns and throwdowns. But I love the quote by Zig Ziglar, “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.”

So how can you bounce after you’ve just been laid off? My last article in Huffington Post, 2016 Best Career Apps and Websites to Land Your Dream Job, helped many of you find your dream job. Now let’s focus on the next step which is how to land your dream job, even after you’ve been laid off.

Here are 3 tips from my book, “The Bounce Back“ –

1. You are the storyteller of your own career.

The way you think is everything. Getting your next job heavily depends on your mindset and how you frame your career story. If you’re sending the message that you’ve been short-changed, passed over or stepped on in your career, then hiring managers are sure to see you as someone who gets short-changed, passed over and stepped on. But if you send a strong, clear message that you’re a key contributor with some big successes under your belt, then hiring managers and Sr. leaders will take notice.

Write down 2-3 of your biggest achievements over the past three years. Now, practice saying out loud in a sentence or two how you contributed to those successes and what the impact was to the organization. For example, “I was the technical lead for a new internal tool that was launched on the SAP platform. The tool is now saving the organization $500,000 a year.” Or, “I was on the creative marketing campaign for the XYZ product which gained 3% more market share and generated one million dollars in new revenue.”

Quantify your results in terms of dollars, numbers and percentages. The key to getting more job offers, leads and opportunities is talking about your results and accomplishments. Nobody will hire you unless they know what you can do.

2. Network strategically.

You may feel like crawling under the covers, but now is the time to get out and start talking with others. Eighty percent of jobs are going to those job candidates who have a referral within the organization. That means, you need to know someone inside the company who can put their stamp of approval on you. Who do you know who could recommend you to the hiring manager?

Start by re-connecting with past managers, colleagues and customers. Networking isn’t one-sided. It’s two-sided. It’s about having a professional relationship that is mutually supportive of each other’s career. Ask how you can support them. Offer to send those in your network information that might be helpful in their job, write a recommendation for them on LinkedIn, or connect them to someone in your network who could potentially become a new client.

I understand that you had a setback, but that was just one experience with a small handful of people. Connect with others you have worked with who know the value and impact you bring to an organization. Ask if they would write a recommendation for your LinkedIn profile, or send a letter of recommendation to a hiring manger. Ask if they know of any job leads they could give you. Building a strong network of supporters will pave the way to landing your next job.

3. Framing your story after a setback.

Earlier in my career I was laid off at a small advertising agency, and within a few months bounced back as the new Regional Marketing Manager for a Fortune 100 finance company. I believe that a large part of the reason I was hired was because of the way I told my career story to the Vice President.

During the interview, the VP asked why I left my last company. I talked about how it was a great company and how much I loved my role and responsibilities. Then, I addressed the reason for my layoff which was, “I didn’t realize when I took the position that I was expected to fill the shoes of two employees. Even though I had some big results and was good at my job, I just simply couldn’t fill both of their shoes.” That was it. Enough said. Calm, confident and succinct. The VP didn’t ask any follow-up questions about my previous situation. Two days later he hired me.

It’s not the setback that holds you back, but how you internalize the setback that is pivotal to bouncing back. Everyone has setbacks in their career. E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E. Don’t let a negative experience stop you from moving your career forward. The key is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, tap your network, and frame your career story with confidence.

Your next career opportunity is out there – now go get it! 🙂

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Leading Career Coach Sherri ThomasSherri Thomas is a Career Strategist. She teaches others how to think differently and more proactively in their career. Her book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” was named “Best Career Book” by the Indie Book Awards. Her first book, “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a powerful personal brand” has been #3 on AMAZON’s TOP 10 LIST for personal branding books. As the Founder/President of Career Coaching 360, Sherri teaches training professionals, managers and executives how to change, reinvent or advance their career. Sign up for her new 3-part free video training series “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at CareerCoaching360.com

2016 Best Career Websites and Apps to Land Your Dream Career

graphicSerious about landing your dream job this year? Or at least, landing a more fulfilling and higher paying job than the one you’re in now?

If you said, yes, then let’s do it! My last article in Huffington Post, 2016 Hottest Jobs, Highest Paying Companies and Fastest Growing Industries, helped many of you identify the job role and industry where you want to work.

Now let’s focus on the next step which is how to find your dream job.

As you probably know, it can be daunting navigating through a kajillion career websites, job boards and niche communities touting the latest and greatest job openings. As a career coach, I even get overwhelmed! Never-the-less, every year I conduct loads of online research and capture the lessons learned and best practices from my clients to create a list of my favorite (and what, I believe, are some of the most effective and best) career apps and websites that can help you find your dream job –

Salary.com published 10 Best Job Hunting Apps to Get You Hired“ which features apps to help make changing your career a snap including helping you stay organized, write your resume, and ace your interview.

One of my favorite on this list is JobMo which lets you search by location using Google maps in over 20 countries, find and apply for jobs listed on sites like Indeed, Simply Hired, The Ladders and Monster, as well as allows you to research companies and compare salary information.

SWITCH app – I love this cool, easy app! Available in the apple store and Google play, this app makes job searching fun by allowing you to search for jobs quickly from your phone. Simply swipe right if you’re interested in a job, or swipe left if you’re not interested. Employers and recruiters are automatically notified when a candidate is interested in their job. And, when recruiters and employers are interested in you(!) they’ll use the on-line chat feature to connect with you, set up an interview, etc. It’s simple, fast, and even eliminates the need for that annoying cover letter. 🙂

JobR app – another cool app that allows you to set up a profile, create and upload your resume and then search for jobs. This job search and resume app also has one more great feature – a personal “career concierge” to answer all your questions and point you in the right direction!

Want to know which career websites are best for job hunting? Forbes did all the heavy lifting by researching over 2,000 career websites, and then publishing their list of “10 Best Websites for Your Career.” This master list is not a ranking, but rather a roster that Forbes’ staff believes can be useful to all sorts of job seekers at varying stages of their careers – from executives to managers to interns.

I have three (3) favorite career sites from this list which include –

1. LinkedIn – Recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn more than any other website to connect with job candidates. LinkedIn is the largest professional social networking site and has more than +400 million members in +200 countries. People are signing up at approximately two new members a second! It is free to become a member and post a summary of your career and work history.

To find job openings, you can go to the LinkedIn Jobs web page and search by job title, keyword or company. You can also do an advanced search to include additional search criteria. On the Jobs page, you can also look for jobs under the sections for “Jobs You May be Interested In” and “Jobs in Your Network”.

For more tips on how to use LinkedIn for your career change I’ve found the LinkedIn – Jobs and Professional Services web page full of great tips and helpful recommendations.

2. Indeed – I’ve had many clients get hired off of Indeed. This is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for surveying listings, since it aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. An advanced search function allows you to drill down on a location, keywords and salary range. Indeed says it has 180 million unique visitors month. It’s available in 50 countries and 26 languages.

3. SimplyHired – Like Indeed, SimplyHired is a Google-like search engine for jobs and a quick way to survey a massive number of job listings, plus provides a salary estimator. The site, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. At last count, it had 30 million unique visitors a month. One cool feature of SimplyHired over Indeed: Job listings will display your LinkedIn connections to each job!

JobCase is a terrific resource if you don’t have a traditional resume or four-year degree, but have some job experience. Jobcase is an online community resource and advocate for the non-traditional workforce by providing job listings for hourly work and will even connect you to mentors.

Tip – The career apps and websites listed above are great resources to help you find your next job. I highly recommend that you bookmark, and create a job search agent on those sites that have jobs which most closely match your skills and passions so that you’ll receive instant notifications of jobs that interest you.

Here’s a little known fact from SmartRecruiters.com about finding jobs – 62-percent of jobs are posted on niche job boards. Reported in this special report “Best 50 Niche Job Boards“ Smart Recruiters assessed thousands of sites listing job openings. I’ve had many clients get hired off Dice, Media Bistro and other sites featured on this list, so be sure to research these sites and bookmark those that most closely align to your skills, talents and passions.

Want to see a few more career websites on my list of favorites?  Click here to read my complete article on Huffington Post,2016 Best Career Apps and Websites to Land Your Dream Job

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Leading Career Coach Sherri ThomasSherri Thomas is a Career Strategist. She teaches others how to think differently and more proactively in their career. Her book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” was named “Best Career Book” by the Indie Book Awards. Her first book, “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a powerful personal brand” has been #3 on AMAZON’s TOP 10 LIST for personal branding books. As the Founder/President of Career Coaching 360, Sherri teaches training professionals, managers and executives how to change, reinvent or advance their career. Sign up for her new 3-part free video training series “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at CareerCoaching360.com

Hottest Jobs, Highest Paying Companies and Fastest Growing Industries in 2016

February 13, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Wow, I’m so thrilled!  I just received some really exciting news!  Arriana Huffington sent me a personal note inviting me to be a Huffington Post career columnist so I’m writing to share with you my recently published article, “Hottest Jobs, Highest Paying Companies and Fastest Growing Industries of 2016.”

Career Coach Sherri Thomas

Daydreaming of a new job? With the unemployment rate hovering at 5 percent, and companies hiring an average of 284,000 employees per month over the past 3 months (the best 3-month pace in a year) there couldn’t be a better time to shoot for the moon and land your dream job.

But what if you’re not certain what that dream job is? For a little help, check out US News & Money’s 100 Best Jobs list based on employment opportunity, salary, work/life balance and job security, and Forbes list of 10 Toughest Jobs to Fill for 2016 for jobs that are in high-demand and have have less competition, higher salaries and more market demand. If your niche is banking or finance, then you may want to check out Wall Street’s 10 Most In-Demand Jobs for 2016 published by Bloomberg Business.

Which jobs are trending in 2016? I love Glassdoor’s current trends web page which allows you to view hot trends by location, industry and job title. Also, this special report by US News & Money, 5 Trends for Job Seekers in 2016 provides some excellent tips to help you get your foot in the door including how to best leverage a talent community in your niche.

Want a beefier paycheck? Then check out 30 Highest Paying Jobs in America by Business Insider which features data compiled by the latest US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates survey. Ka-ching!

Click here to read my full article on Huffington Post…